About Fiji Waterfall
The Fiji Waterfall was one that surprised us as we got close to it, which seemed to yield a similar kind of unexpected pleasant surprise feeling that the nearby Hidden Waterfall did.
Part of the reason why we had lowered expectations was because the first look at the falls prior to descending into the gorge yielded what turned out to be a small fraction of what we ended up witnessing.
Indeed, as you can see from the photo above, there was way more than meets the eye with the Fiji Waterfall, and it’s for that overall experience that we gave it a pretty strong scenic rating score for what I’d say was a “supplemental waterfall”.
Now, since this was actually the third and most expensive option of the Sekumpul Waterfall excursions on offer, I opted to break this into its own write-up.
After all, from what I could tell, there weren’t that many people going this option, and there was enough things to say about this one to not clutter the Sekumpul Waterfall (and Hidden Waterfall) write-up.
So the Fiji Waterfall consisted of three parallel segments, each with pretty high volume and with a height of around 30-40m or so (roughly about half the height of Sekumpul Waterfall in my estimation).
The waterfalls were spread out enough that we had to put the iPhone in “pano” mode in order to get everything in a single shot (like a super virtual wide angle).
I suspect that’s the main reason why the Fiji Waterfall surprised us in the way that it did as you couldn’t get its full magnitude until you actually got right up to it.
It’s also why photos really didn’t do this waterfall justice, and you’d really want to experience it firsthand in order to truly appreciate it.
According to my Gaia GPS map, unlike both the Sekumpul and Hidden Waterfalls which flowed on segments of the Tukad Daya, the Fiji Waterfall flowed on a separate river called Tukad Panarukan.
So as mentioned earlier, we had to go on the Long Hike option to reach this falls, and this was by far the most difficult one of the three main Sekumpul Waterfalls to reach (which I’ll get into below).
The Fiji Waterfall is basically an “add-on” option to add to the Sekumpul Waterfall experience, which I won’t reproduce in this write-up, but you can read more about it in a separate write-up.
We’ll pick things up from the misty base of the Sekumpul Waterfall, where the trail continued past a crossing of its segment of the Tukad Daya River and continued further downstream.
About 200m from the crossing, the trail reached another seemingly well-established junction next to some shelters and warungs, but the catch here was that there was a big bridge that looked to be bare.
According to our local guide (who called himself Benny), that bridge was washed out in a flood and probably was part of the same event that caused the landslide we saw earlier at a switchback when descending the gorge.
I realized then that the switchback was a re-route of the trail to the Fiji Waterfall as the one we saw that would have gone over this bare bridge is no longer in use.
Anyways, while on the topic of bridge washouts, the trail then veered to the left beyond the warungs and approached a fairly fast-moving stream crossing along the Tukad Panarukan River right where there were pillars and ropes.
The pillars were foundations of a footbridge that was once there (I even noticed the broken plank further downstream), and the ropes were set up to help maintain balance given the shin-deep to knee-deep crossing was fast-moving and pretty slippery.
Beyond this river crossing, the path momentarily skirted its opposite side for a few minutes before crossing back over a somewhat wider (and less sketchier) area of the river.
The path then continued along the rocky banks of the river before reaching a footbridge that looked to still be intact, and that was when we finally got to witness the Fiji Waterfall in all its glory.
Of course on the other side of it, we got to get a closer look while also feeling its mist which was all around us while we saw others wade in the plunge pool between two of the three segments of the falls.
This was the extent of the Fiji Waterfall hiking experience, and once we had our fill of this spot, we then headed back the way we came.
On the way back up, we not only had to go back through the same river crossings and creek crossings, but then we had to climb up a long series of steps.
It was only after getting back to the top of the steps and walking a bit to the warungs not too far from the overlooks that Mom and I got scooter rides back to the car park, which definitely helped to save time and additional uphill hiking.
All things considered, we spent between 3-4 hours away from the car (we might have had to add another half-hour or so if not for the scooter rides).
From what I could tell in my GPS logs, we hiked about 5km in total though it was hard to tell given the GPS went nuts from the multipath caused by the steep terrain and jungle cover.
The Fiji Waterfall resides in the Buleleng Regency near Singaraja or Bedugul in Bali Province, Indonesia. It may be administered by the Buleleng Regency Government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting this website.
The Fiji Waterfall shares the same trailhead as the Sekumpul Waterfall so they are located about 18km southeast of the city of Singaraja.
For convenience, I’ll repeat some of the information shared on that other write-up.
Since we were driven to the trailhead for this waterfall from Lovina, I can tell you that it took us about 1 hour to get to the official car park.
That said, we followed GoogleMaps, which misled our driver on some smaller roads that eventually became unsuitable for passenger vehicles as they were more meant for scooters.
So I won’t bother with giving exact driving directions, but I can recommend that taking the Jalan Raya Desa after going around 8km east of Lovina (continuing east of Singaraja) is a better, wider road to get to Sekumpul Village.
For more details, you can look at the embedded map above for your trip planning needs.
Now, I’ve seen trip reports advocating for starting the hike to Sekumpul Waterfalls from Lemukih Village, but I’m under the impression that it only goes to the top of the Sekumpul Waterfall.
I could be wrong about this, but I really can’t say any more about this since we didn’t do it this way.
For geographical context, Singaraja is about 10km (less than 30 minutes drive) east of Lovina, about 30km (an hour drive) north of Bedugul, 73km (over 2 hours drive) north of Ubud, about 88km (about 3 hours drive) north of Kuta, about 78km (about 2.5 hours drive) north of Canggu, and about 83km (over 2.5 hours drive) north of Seminyak.
Note that you’ll want to take the drive times with a grain of salt mostly because the traffic situation (especially in Southern Bali) is pretty bad and unpredictable.
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